Yesterday on Scienceline, blogger Taylor Kubota explored a question I had never before pondered: If you've had plastic surgery, do you tell your kids? While the answer may not have direct relevance to all of us, I found the conversation incredibly interesting. And some of the experts' advice could certainly be applied to other instances, such as if a parent is seriously ill or undergoing a medical procedure:
When parents decide whether or not to discuss their cosmetic procedures with their children, they are also deciding what role honesty should play in that relationship, some experts say. “Lies don’t work well in family life,” says child psychologist Elizabeth Berger, author of “Raising Kids with Character.” Hiding a “mommy makeover” is not exactly the same as lying, but both acts can violate trust, Berger adds.